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Mouride artist Pape Mamadou Samb (better known as ‘Papisto Boy’) paints on exterior factory walls in Bel-Air, an industrial neighborhood of the port of Dakar.
Pape Samb left rural Senegal as a ten-year-old orphan, traveling to the capital city of Dakar. Samb paints wall murals as a devotional task. He has no formal training, and his inspiration comes from dreams, his hand guided by the Sufi saints. Samb’s greatest achievement is a mural covering two hundred meters of the exterior wall of a Belaire factory yard. Papisto's murals portray what he calls ‘messengers’, from Martin to Malcolm, the Pope to Gandhi, Marley to Mandela. Overseeing them all is the enigmatic image of Amadou Bamba, the saint of Senagalese Sufism, whom the artist reveres.
Papisto refers to his mural as ‘literature’ and ‘poetry’, and through it he hopes to give courage to the hardworking people of Dakar's informal economy, while teaching them his views of world history.
Papisto Boy was a guest of the Thami Mnyele Foundation in December 2003. He came to Amsterdam to participate in the exhibition ‘Urban Islam’ at the KIT Tropenmuseum in 2003-2004. During the opening of the exhibition Papisto Boy painted a mural in the hall of the museum.

Papisto Boy
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere
Zanele Muholi
Lara Bourdin
Awaad Issa
Ashraf Moneim
Louis Boshoff
Krishna Luchoomun
Ruan Hoffmann
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers
Michele Tabor
Koyo Kouoh
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Hasan and Husain Essop
Leo Lefort
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Akintunde Akinleye
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye
Adriaan de Villiers
Zanele Muholi
Hadia Gana
James Iroha Uchechukwu
Mahmoud Khaled
Sarah Erzfinke
Thierry Mandon
Batoul Shimi
Gabriel Kemzo Malou
Ngone Fall
Odili Donald Odita
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita
Rehab El Sadek
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpè
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Rafs Mayet
Henk Rossouw
Nawaal Deane
Darryl Accone
Louis Mhlanga
Krishna Luchoomun
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer
Artists 1992-1998 >>